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A great Dog Jog

Dear Editor:On Aug. 24, the Animal Rescue Foundation held its first Dog Jog at Koch Park. The event was a 3.2-mile run or walk with your canine companion. Our goals were to provide a fun event for the community and to raise awareness about ARF. It is fair to say that everyone had a great time, and we have many people that we would like to thank who made this all happen.First, we would like to thank our sponsors: Alpine Bank, Gary Sherman in memory of Jake and Osso, The Lighting Studio, Lam White & Associates Real Estate, Galerie Maximillian, La Cantina, Mountain Veterinary Surgical Associates, Ajax Home Management, Cani Kaplan & the Dog Laundry, and Maley Building Inc.Durrance Sports was gracious enough to provide us a place for pre-race registrations and the city of Aspen, especially Steve Jaworski, gave us lots of support before and on race day, and helped us answer a lot of questions. On the day of the race, Paradise Bakery, Clarks Market, Zukes and Natural Balance provided yummy treats for both the human and the canine racers.ARF and CARE were both on hand with adoptable demo dogs for people who needed a dog to race with. One of the ARF dogs finished fifth and got adopted as well! Colorado Audio & Visual donated sound equipment. Kathy Kania and Frank Smith were on hand to give massages to the tired racers, Dr. Melissa McPherron was available for gait analysis for the dogs, and Susan Flynn from Aspen Dog Training was there to talk to everyone and do demonstrations. Thank you to Pet Pick Ups for donating the bags so that everyone could be a responsible dog owner.Prizes were awarded to the top three racers as well as the smallest dog, oldest dog and dog with the best costume. We are grateful for these prizes donated by the Rocky Mountain Pet Shop. We had a great raffle with prizes from the Aspen Club & Spa, Resort Quest, the Hotel Jerome, Of Grape and Grain, Clarks Market, the Ute Mountaineer, Ink! Coffee, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Optical Options of Aspen, Zanes Tavern, 02, Attic Fantasies, Little Annies, Boogies, Barking Beauties, and Hairbrainz.We couldnt have done it without all of the volunteers (you know who you are!) who showed up on race day to man the course, register the racers and make sure that everything went smoothly.Last but not least, a big thank-you for all the participants who came out and made it a great race! We hope to build on this fun event each year. As always, we are grateful for all of ARFs supporters throughout the last five years. We adopted out our 550th animal this weekend. Without all of you, we could not have saved so many desperate and deserving abandoned animals.Ashley Reynoldsrace chairperson and the Animal Rescue FoundationAspen

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